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By Leah Korganowski in the group COMP 607: Fall 2015 cohort November 28, 2015 - 10:42pm Comments (10)

Hi Everyone!

Does anyone know when we will be needing to present our Presentation based on our Research Essay?

Will it be done to the class or just the teacher? I don't think I've seen anything yet (I may have missed it). If anyone could direct me it would be great!

Thanks! :)



  • Oh the guideline says:

    You will write a brief (2000-word) paper on the subject and present it by uploading an audio/video presentation to our servers.

    Professor do you recommend any audio recording and presentation recording software we can use?



    Leah Korganowski November 28, 2015 - 10:44pm

  • The only info I see on the blurb on Moodle below. I suppose we will get more info on Week 13.

    It probably means that we should be done with creating the presentation no later than the 6th of December, if we are required to present on the final week.

    Unit 9: Final Summary Session and Submitting Your Work for Final Assessment

    In this last week you will be presenting short slideshows, uploaded to the course group, on the subject of your research essay to your course-mates. (Note: in the case of students with declared disabilities that make this impossible, we will make alternative arrangements).

    You are requested to listen to and/or watch others' presentations, discuss them, comment on them, and provide helpful feedback where you can.

    The presentation format is very strict, based loosely on the popular Pecha Kucha format, with some modifications.

    The presentations are an integral part of the assessment of the research essay and are not optional. As well as helping you gain practice with an essential academic and business skill (online presentation), they will help the tutor judge your skill, competence, and subject mastery of the topic of your essay.

    Updated August 04 2015 by FST Course Production Staff

    nmas November 28, 2015 - 10:47pm

  • Leah,

    You can use MS Powerpoint. It permits the addition of narration audio to slides. From the help file:


    Add audio to your presentation

    You can add audio, such as music or narration to your PowerPoint presentation. To record and hear any audio, your computer must be equipped with a sound card, microphone, and speakers.

    Note    To record and add narration and timings to your PowerPoint 2016 or PowerPoint 2013 presentation, see Record your slide show in PowerPoint. For PowerPoint 2010, see Record a slide show with narration, ink, and slide timings.

    In this article

    About adding audio

    Add audio

    Preview an audio clip

    About adding audio

    When you add audio to a slide, an audio icon Audio appears on the slide. As with any audio, you can either click the icon to play the sound or set the sound to play automatically.

    Top of Page

    Add audio

    1. Click the slide to which you want to add audio.

    2. On the Insert tab, in the Media group, click the arrow under Audio. (In PowerPoint 2007, click the arrow under Sound.)

    3. Do one of the following:

      To add an audio file stored on your computer:

      1. In PowerPoint 2016 and PowerPoint 2013, click Audio on My PC.

        In PowerPoint 2010, click Audio from File.

        In PowerPoint 2007, click Sound from File.

      2. Locate the folder that contains the audio file, and then double-click the file that you want to add.

      To add an audio clip from clip art in PowerPoint 2010 or PowerPoint 2007:

      1. In PowerPoint 2010, click Clip Art Audio.

        In PowerPoint 2007, click Sound from Clip Organizer.

      2. Locate the audio clip that you want in the Clip Art task pane, click the arrow beside the audio file, and then click Insert.

      To record and add your own audio:

      1. In PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2013, and PowerPoint 2010, click Record Audio.

        In PowerPoint 2007, click Record Sound.

      2. In the Record Sound box, click Record PowerPoint Record Sound Button and begin speaking or playing your own audio.

        PowerPoint Record Sound Box

      3. Click Stop PowerPoint Stop Recording Button when you're finished.

    Top of Page

    Preview an audio clip

    • On the slide, click the Play/Pause button beneath the audio icon Audio. (In PowerPoint 2007, double-click the audio icon.)


    Applies To: PowerPoint 2013, PowerPoint 2010, PowerPoint 2007, PowerPoint 2016



    nmas November 30, 2015 - 12:07pm

  • Thank you so much for posting that Nadir! I'll use this for sure! :)

    Leah Korganowski December 1, 2015 - 9:45pm

  • The audio quality recorded by PowerPoint is abysmal. I would recommend downloading Audacity (from and using that to create your audio and then add it to the presentation.

    1. Record the audio.

    2. Get rid of the noise (if you have lots) using the direction here:

    3. Export to MP3 (if you like - or stick with WAV but they are much larger in size). Before you do, download the LAME mp3 encoder from

    When you are ready to proceed, go to FILE>EXPORT AUDIO and choose mp3. It will ask you for the location for the LAME mp3 encoder you just downloaded.

    4. Add the audio to your PPT.

    Hope this helps.


    nmas December 6, 2015 - 1:34pm

  • This is great resource for the presentations, thank you Nadir.

    Merdan Hojanepesov December 7, 2015 - 2:08pm

  • You can edit the audio in Audacity so that it fits the 30 seconds per slide rule.


    nmas December 7, 2015 - 2:21pm

  • Hi,

    Just trying to clear up a question... from the Study Guide the presentation is described as:"The presentation format is very strict, based loosely on the popular Pecha Kucha format, with some modifications." the definition of Pecha Kucha being 20 slides for 20 seconds each.

    But in the assignment description it says:  "Presentation: Your presentation should be precisely 5 minutes long, comprising exactly ten slides of approximately 30 seconds’ duration each. It should summarize your findings clearly and concisely."

    To me, I'm thinking both instructions are describing a different type of presentation and I tend to lean towards the instruction in the assignment decription since we've haven't strictly followed the study guide up to this point anyway.

    What is everyone else in the group is doing?



    Paul Ainslie December 7, 2015 - 3:46pm

  • Paul,

    I read "loosely based" to mean the format will be as described in the assignment - 5 mins long, 10 slides, 30 secs each.

    nmas December 7, 2015 - 4:05pm

  • Makes sense now that I read it that way.

    Thanks for the help.

    Paul Ainslie December 7, 2015 - 5:27pm

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